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Measures afoot to curb tobacco use in country: parliamentary secretary

ISLAMABAD: Parliamentary Secretary of National Health Services Dr Nausheen Hamid on Tuesday said the health ministry was taking demand and supply reduction measures to reduce the prevalence of tobacco use in the country. "Tobacco use is a cause of death of around 160,100 Pakistanis every year," she said while addressing the gathering of National Workshop on Tobacco Industry Interference in Islamabad. Nausheen Hamid said as a signatory to Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), Pakistan took numerous measures to…

Chairman senate for measures to mitigate effects of deforestation

ISLAMABAD: Chairman Senate Muhammad Sadiq Sanjrani Muhammad Sadiq Sanjrani on Saturday called for taking concrete measures to mitigate the effects of deforestation. He has planted a sapling in the lawn of the Parliament House with the purpose to raise awareness for enhancing the green cover and promoting the cause of environment in the country. Senators and senior officers of the Senate were also accompanying the chairman senate on this occasion. Sanjrani said that the deteriorating environmental conditions and burgeoning…

China vows to retaliate in response to latest US tariff measures

BEIJING: China plans to impose tariff measures of similar size and intensity in its bid to fight back against the United States, as the world’s two largest economies engage in a bitter trade dispute. The comments by the country’s commerce ministry came within minutes of US President Donald Trump’s announcement that the United States would adopt a 25 percent tariff on $50 billion of goods from China related to intellectual property and technology, and pledged further levies if China took retaliatory steps. “China is…

Central bank takes measures for denomination of foreign currency transactions in Chinese Yuan

KARACHI: State Bank of Pakistan has taken comprehensive policy related measures to ensure that imports, exports and financing transactions can be denominated in Chinese Yuan (CNY). The measures have been taken in the capacity of the policy maker of financial and currency markets. Both public and private sector enterprises (i.e. both Pakistanis and Chinese) are free to choose CNY for bilateral trade and investment activities, a central bank release stated. As per current foreign exchange regulations, CNY is an approved…

Pope urges ‘decisive’ measures on Rohingya crisis

DHAKA: Pope Francis on Thursday called for “decisive” international measures on the Rohingya refugee crisis as he began a visit to Bangladesh, where more than 620,000 of the Muslim minority have sought sanctuary after fleeing violence in Myanmar. “It is imperative that the international community take decisive measures to address this grave crisis, not only by working to resolve the political issues that have led to the mass displacement of people, but also by offering immediate material assistance to Bangladesh in its…